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Whilst my principle interests are BR Blue in the late 70s, early 80s, I still have an interest in the current scene and, as Tyne Yard is just 5 minutes drive from house, I've been spending a few hours recently watching the comings and goings.

 

Tyne Yard was originally built as a hump shunting yard but has been, as most yard of it's type, rationalised over the years. It is currently owned by DB Schenker with a servicing shed used for servicing Cross Country Voyagers at the weekend. Freightliner are currently using it as a base for a ballasting contract they have so motive power is typically Class 66s.

 

66003 with the Sky One 225 rake, with 91125 leading, passing in the background - not sure about the vinyls but it's a lot more colourful that East Coast Gray...

 

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66952

 

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66952 at the head of 4 66s:

 

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66527 & 66078

 

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66003

 

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A worn out looking 08752

 

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Lots more to follow...

 

John

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The yard has a bridge over one end providing the vantage point from which most of these pictures are taken. Ballast trains are being loaded at the other end of the yard which is inaccessible for photographs, a couple of pics of the bridge:

 

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66522:

 

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66585 The Drax Flyer:

 

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66522 with 08752 for company:

 

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66080 basks in the early morning sun:

 

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66520 with Voyagers:

 

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66526 and 66080

 

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John

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From 11 June 2014:

 

66546:

 

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66152 - I have to say the DB Schenker livery really suits them:

 

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66527:

 

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37405 with observation coach Caroline - caught me a bit by surprise hence the front of the coach having already disappeared under the bridge:

 

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Nothing to do with trains but this was the sky over the yard as the above photos were taken:

 

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John

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Interesting to see the old place again! Back in my student days (88-91) I used to visit that bridge quite often. It'd usually be a 28 bus from Gateshead out to Lamesley Church and walk up to the bridge from the crossroads.

 

As a sample of what it looked like back then, here is 47373 in 1991 https://www.flickr.com/photos/20959297@N06/10297580084/lightbox/

 

On the way back we'd always walk up to the Durham Road and chance our luck with a bus from there. Not so much "luck" in whether a bus would come, there were plenty, more how long we'd have to wait for a preferred type (a Bristol VR, or an Olympian), and wondering, if we were got really lucky whether the OK Travel 724 could be persuaded to stop, especially if there was already a GoAhead Northern on the stop.

 

Happy days.

 

Thanks for sharing the photos John.

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13 June 2014:

 

No idea what this is, a track grinder perhaps:

 

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John

That's a Plasser & Theurer 09-3X-D-RT tamper, not a Compaq as I first thought.

That's basically a 'biggun'. A very clever and fine machine!

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Slightly before your time, but,

 

Tyne Yard. 17.6.72.

 

6770. 2061. 6952. 276. 260. 280. 6763. 6746. 5581. 7547. 6807. 273. 5108. 5109. 5103. 5171. 5102. 5170. 5105. 5106, 5107, 3679. 3244. 3940.

 

Frightening to think it's 42 years ago to the week :senile:

 

Mike.

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At the far end of the yard is the old Control Tower used to control the hump shunting. It is still standing but derelict, I believe that the top floor is about a foot thick in pigeon droppings...

 

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John

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Super layout, John, and you've really captured the semi-overgrown nature of modern yards to a tee.

 

Do you have a trackplan you could show us, please, I'll be following your progress with interest.   :sungum:

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Interesting images surprising the amount of traffic using the yard nowadays ,at least its not a white elephant as it was when built  but that control tower needs to be demolished as it is an eyesore.How many NR trains use the yard every  week as from the photos it looks like they are in the majority surprised that no Colas units there?

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Interesting images surprising the amount of traffic using the yard nowadays ,at least its not a white elephant as it was when built  but that control tower needs to be demolished as it is an eyesore.How many NR trains use the yard every  week as from the photos it looks like they are in the majority surprised that no Colas units there?

The Control Tower appears to be quite popular with 'urban explorers', there are some photos of the interior here: http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/other-sites/82441-tyne-signal-control-yard-lamesley-july-2013-a.html

 

I don't know how many trains are running at the moment. I've only been visiting regularly over the last four weeks or so but I've not seen any Colas locos at all...

 

John

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Great pics John. I'm amazed at how much activity there still is at TY. The place always looks empty when I pass by on the A1.

 

It's over 30 years since I last visited and the 80s is still my favourite time period. However, I'm beginning to like the look of 66s at long last.

 

Maybe it's time for a long overdue visit.

 

Keep the pics coming along!

 

Mal

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It's very possible. Another reason why it's still standing? Asbestos removal adds a lot to the cost of demolition, as we are aware. If it's still sealed in then there's no need to rush into getting the job done. OK, we're very unlikely to see the building returned to use, but as it is, it stands as a memorial to days gone by.

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